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-[[Copt]]s are native Egyptian Christians, usually Orthodox, who currently make up between 10 and 20% of the population of Egypt the largest religious minority of that country. While Copts have cited instances of persecution throughout their history, Human Rights Watch has noted "growing religious intolerance" and sectarian violence against Coptic Christians in recent years, and a failure by the Egyptian government to effectively investigate properly and prosecute those responsible. Hundreds of Egyptian copts have been killed in sectarian clashes from 2011 to 2017, and many homes and businesses destroyed. In just one province (Minya), 77 cases of sectarian attacks on Copts between 2011 and 2016 have been documented by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The abduction and disappearance of Coptic Christian women and girls also remains a serious ongoing problem.+The '''Copts''' are an [[ethno-religious]] group that primarily inhabit the area of modern [[Egypt]], where they are the largest [[Christianity in Egypt|Christian denomination]]. Copts are also the largest Christian adherent group in [[Christianity in Sudan|Sudan]] and [[Christianity in Libya|Libya]]. Historically, they spoke the [[Coptic language]], a direct descendant of the [[Demotic (Egyptian)|Demotic Egyptian]] that was spoken during the [[Roman Empire|Roman]] era. The Coptic language is a focus of [[Coptology]] and remains in liturgical use, although most Copts today speak [[Arabic language|Arabic]].
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==See also== ==See also==
-* [[Controversies related to Islam and Muslims]]+* [[Aigyptos]], in [[Greek mythology]]
-* [[List of modern conflicts in the Middle East]]+* [[Coptic art]]
 +* [[Coptic Catholic Church]]
 +* [[Coptic flag]]
 +* [[Coptic identity]]
 +* [[Coptic language]]
 +* [[Coptic Museum]]
 +* [[Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria|Coptic Orthodox Church]]
 +* [[Coptic Saints]]
 +* [[Coptology]]
 +* [[Christianity in Egypt]]
 +* [[Christianity in Sudan]]
 +* [[Christianity in Libya]]
 +* [[Coptic diaspora]]
 +* [[List of Copts|List of prominent Copts worldwide]]
 +* [[incubator:Wp/cop|Coptic Wikipedia]], currently in incubator stage
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The Copts are an ethno-religious group that primarily inhabit the area of modern Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination. Copts are also the largest Christian adherent group in Sudan and Libya. Historically, they spoke the Coptic language, a direct descendant of the Demotic Egyptian that was spoken during the Roman era. The Coptic language is a focus of Coptology and remains in liturgical use, although most Copts today speak Arabic.

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